The Somme Documentary 1976

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Having visited the Somme battlefield a few years ago, I can attest to the poignancy of the huge numbers of British & commonwealth graves! It really brings it home when you realise the vast numbers who died there, the numbers killed on the first morning alone of the 18 week battle, were the equivalent of the whole population of a small British town, some 20,000 of our finest men!
 
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Having visited the Somme battlefield a few years ago, I can attest to the poignancy of the huge numbers of British & commonwealth graves! It really brings it home when you realise the vast numbers who died there, the numbers killed on the first morning alone of the 18 week battle, were the equivalent of the whole population of a small British town, some 20,000 of our finest men!
About the size of Rhyl, anyone else thinking what I'm thinking? But in all seriousness even those horrendous figures pale into signifcance French losses of 90,000 casualties in a single day.
 
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Thanks for posting that link Scarletto, I must`ve missed that when it was first aired. I can`t help thinking that they rarely make documentaries of that calibre and sensitivity any more.
 
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About the size of Rhyl, anyone else thinking what I'm thinking? But in all seriousness even those horrendous figures pale into signifcance French losses of 90,000 casualties in a single day.
Yes but I think our total casualties, killed, missing & wounded, that morning (1/7/1916) were about 60,000, 20,000 of whom were killed!
 

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